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How Disney Is Perfecting Animated Eyeballs
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How Disney Is Perfecting Animated Eyeballs

Creating lifelike animated characters is hard.

NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars
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NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a...

Stanford to Host 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence
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Stanford to Host 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

Stanford University will spearhead a century-long initiative to study and predict the impact of artificial intelligence in all aspects of people's lives.

As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up
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As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up

Economists and technologists have long said the march of technological progress and increased automation will create new jobs and opportunities that offset the...

CODE2040 Helps Tech Plan for a Non-White-Majority USA
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CODE2040 Helps Tech Plan for a Non-White-Majority USA

By 2040, the United States will have a non-white majority, a demographic trend that is spurring tech companies to increase the diversity of their workforces. CODE2040...

Why Neural Networks Look Set to Thrash the Best Human Go Players for the First Time
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Why Neural Networks Look Set to Thrash the Best Human Go Players for the First Time

University of Edinburgh researchers have applied machine-learning techniques and a vast database of games to train a neural network to find the next move in a...

Venus Express Goes Gently Into the Night
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Venus Express Goes Gently Into the Night

ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns...

Undersea Robot Explores Life Below Arctic Ice
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Undersea Robot Explores Life Below Arctic Ice

While 2014 has not been kind to rockets, it has been a banner year for robots of all stripes.

Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past
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Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past

Inside the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, known as AI2, everything is a gleaming architectural white.

New Way to Turn Genes On
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New Way to Turn Genes On

Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing...

NASA Voyager: 'Tsunami Wave' Still Flies Through Interstellar Space
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NASA Voyager: 'Tsunami Wave' Still Flies Through Interstellar Space

The Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three shock waves. The most recent shock wave, first observed in February 2014, still appears to be going on. One wave,...

RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots
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RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots

One of the most exciting changes influencing modern life is the ability to search and interact with information on a scale that has never been possible before.

4 Seconds of Body Cam Video Can Reveal a Biometric Fingerprint, Study Says
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4 Seconds of Body Cam Video Can Reveal a Biometric Fingerprint, Study Says

Researchers say they can have computers examine body camera video footage and accurately identify a person wearing a body-mounted device in about four seconds,a...

Microsoft's Skype Translator Provides On-the-Fly Translations
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Microsoft's Skype Translator Provides On-the-Fly Translations

Microsoft has launched a preview of its Skype Translator technology as a Windows 8.1 Skype Translator app, which enables the translation of typed and spoken messages...

DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence
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DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled an open source version of IBM's Watson named DeepDive. The system's performance was ahead of or...

Using Robots to Get More Food From Raw Materials
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Using Robots to Get More Food From Raw Materials

SINTEF researchers are developing Gribbot, a fully functional robot designed to automate the process of extracting breast fillets from chickens, a task normally...

Grant to Accelerate Development of Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Video Game
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Grant to Accelerate Development of Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Video Game

Ohio State University researchers are using a National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant to develop and test a rehabilitation therapy video game that targets upper...

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Physicists have a problem with time.

Material Question
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Material Question

 Until Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered an unusual new material called graphene, he was best known for an experiment...

Signs of Ancient Mars Lakes and Quakes Seen in New Map
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Signs of Ancient Mars Lakes and Quakes Seen in New Map

Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.
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